February 16, 2018 FWW Admin

Context: Two weeks ago, Afghanistan and Jordan’s women’s football teams had a match. Since then, a vicious online campaign has been launched to smear the Afghan women’s team for wearing athletic clothes to their athletic game. The campaign’s fires were fueled by a Senior Advisor to Afghanistan’s National Cricket Board…

February 10, 2018 FWW Admin

Written by Pashtana Durrani  Dare to dream Dare to be brave Dare to be a soldier Dare to question the gender pay gap Dare to smash the patriarchy Dare to educate Dare to support Dare to paint Dare to write Dare to sing Dare to laugh Dare to walk alone…

February 5, 2018 Wadia Samadi

I am my father’s daughter as a little girl, My brother’s sister. People outside of my family do not know my name; Sharing my name is a grave dishonor. Before hitting puberty, before having the chance to live my life, I am claimed by someone as their bride My name,…

January 29, 2018 Aisha Azimi

I am a member of Free Women Writers – a grassroots collective of volunteer Afghan women writers and students – and we recently published a new book, You Are Not Alone. It’s the feminist book everyone should add to their 2018 reading lists! (George Washington University already has…) The short guidebook was written in response…

January 22, 2018 Pary Shuaib

Firstly, I would like to state the positives. Weddings are a beautiful affair. The idea of celebrating the love of a couple, off to start their new lives together, is lovely. Another amazing element is the wonderful, unique cultural traditions that all come to collide in a wedding. This includes,…

December 11, 2017 Noorjahan Akbar

Dear readers, The year is almost at its end. We want to take some time to thank each and every one of you for your support and solidarity throughout 2017 and share some of the year’s highlights with you. To begin with, we held a fantastic event in Balkh and…

December 7, 2017 Pary Shuaib

Rahiba Rahimi, 24, is the President of Laman, Afghanistan’s first domestically-produced clothing line. With its unique style, marrying traditional embroidery and colors with modern and versatile silhouettes, Rahiba and her team are redefining the country’s fashion. Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed. The brand has been featured in Deutsche Welle, France…

December 5, 2017 Rohina Sediqui

I am a teacher in Kabul. Ali and Tahir are two of my student. They are seven years old. The two boys have so much in common. They are brilliant in Math. They don’t give into the pressure and take time to think and come up with their own answers….

November 30, 2017 FWW Admin

Free Women Writers just won the Global Thinkers Forum‘s 2017 Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment! We are incredibly honored and energized to be recognized for telling the authentic stories of Afghan women. Our contributor Awesta Telyar Azada had the opportunity to attend the award ceremony on our behalf. Below is…

November 27, 2017 Wadia Samadi

Written by Wadia Samadi I wake up every morning scheming my escape But what about my children? Who will believe me? Who will give me a home? Years go by And I am still waiting When will this end? My makeup does not cover my bruised face My smile does…

November 25, 2017 FWW Admin

Written by Fariha There is a common misconception in Afghanistan- and perhaps around the world- that education or high-income women don’t experience violence at home. Often, in discussions about gender-based violence, women are told to get an education and earn an income to be independent and free themselves of violence. This can be…